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Category: River Systems :: Green River
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Utah forecast: Hot weather, parching winds bring ‘Red Flag’ 26.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Continued hot temperatures, parching winds and tinder-dry forests and rangelands combined to put huge swaths of Utah under a “Red Flag” wildfire warning extending into late Thursday night. From eastern Utah’s Uintas through Green River and Moab to Bluff in the southeast, as well as southwestern and southcentral Utah, the National Weather Service warned that the risk for rapidly spreading, explosive wildfires was extreme through 11 p.m. Thursday. With gusts of 55 mph expected in some high desert ...
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Nathan Fey: Balance energy development and river health 24.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Cutting through the steep canyons and arid sage lands of northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah, the Yampa and Green rivers are the region’s lifeblood. Their relentless forces are responsible for carving out the region’s stratified geology and for exposing the fossils that give Dinosaur National Monument its name. Their calm waters lure anglers and their rapids attract thousands — almost 10,000 — kayakers, rafters and adventure seekers each year . I have paddled both these rivers. They are treasures, and I know there is nothing more important to the vitality of this arid region. Protecting them is tantamount to protecting its prosperity. In recent years, however, northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah also increasingly have become targets for oil and gas development. At one point, there was actually a proposal to drill for oil and gas on land directly adjacent to the monument’s visitor center. Oil and gas development are important economic drivers, but there is a right way and a wrong to go ...
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Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team collects second place at Wyoming tournament 19.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The members of the Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team traveled to Wyoming last weekend hoping to improve on their second-place finish in the Green River Knights Invitational Baseball tournament in 2013. Unfortunately, a loss in the championship game left the Steamboat Springs Post 44 Legion team one victory short of its goal. Steamboat went 4-1 in the tournament, finishing second for the second year in a row, this time to a team from Price, Utah. “It was a disappointing loss,” coach Dave Roy said. “It was the team’s first loss of the season, and I know the guys really wanted to win this one." Steamboat, now 8-1, opened the tournament with a 11-1 win over Jackson. Steamboat jumped out to a three-run lead, before adding eight more runs in the fourth to seal the win for pitcher Bryson McFarland. Charlie Fitzhugh led the offense with three hits including two doubles. Ryan Jeep added two hits in the game. Steamboat continued to dominate in the second game of the tournament with an impressive 15-1 win ...
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Abundant water in Northwest Colorado rivers belies conditions in lakes Powell and Mead 13.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Residents of the Yampa Valley, where the meadows are lush and snow still lingers on the peaks, easily could conclude that this is a year of water abundance. But in terms of the water produced by the entire Colorado River Basin, the summer of 2014 won’t be outstanding. Eric Kuhn, of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, told an audience of about 50 state legislators, water managers and educators at the Sheraton Steamboat Thursday the abundance of snowmelt in the upper Colorado, Yampa and Green rivers early this summer isn’t indicative of the entire Colorado Basin. “We have wet years, we have dry years but the bottom line for Lake Powell this year is that it’s going to be right about average,” Kuhn said. Lake Powell is the giant impoundment in southern Utah where Colorado River water is stored for the benefit of states like Arizona, Nevada and California. “Currently, Lake Mead (below the Grand Canyon) and Lake Powell (just above the Grand Canyon) are 42 percent full,” Kuhn said. “Does that make ...
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Rescuers save 11 rafters stranded overnight on Utah’s Green River 11.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Six adults and five children were rescued early Wednesday morning, the day after their raft overturned, forcing them to spend a wet, chilly night on the banks of the swollen Green River. Daggett County sheriff’s spokeswoman Susie Potter said search-and-rescue workers initially were called out about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, after the party was reported overdue for its planned rendezvous with other family members in the Little Hole area. A helicopter spotted the rafters, stranded about 3 miles upriver f...
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Salt Lake City man dies in Green River rafting accident 10.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A Salt Lake City man died in an apparent drowning on the Green River below northeastern Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam. Daggett County sheriff’s spokeswoman Susie Potter said Raymond E. Moody, 62, was rafting with his 13-year-old son about 6:45 p.m. Monday when the watercraft became stuck in debris. The boy managed to swim clear, but Moody could not free himself. Other rafters eventually freed him and got him to shore, administering CPR to no avail. Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Swiftwater Sea...
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Foundation for Water Education leads tour in Routt and Moffat counties this month 5.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
More than 50 people from across Colorado — among them elected officials and educators — will be in Routt and Moffat counties June 11 to 13 to learn about water supply issues in the Yampa River Basin. The timing of the host for the 2014 Yampa River Basin Tour, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, could not have been better. The Yampa and Elk rivers should begin descending from their seasonal peak next week, Fish Creek Falls will be showing off in a big way and the sheer abundance of water flowing through the basin will be impossible to overlook. The members of the Yampa/White/Green river basin roundtable also are crunching facts this month and next as they strive to meet a deadline to turn in a preliminary water plan that will be incorporated into a new statewide water plan. Among the the factors they are trying to take into consideration are the difficult calculations on how much water the municipal, agricultural, energy sectors along with non-consumptive uses like recreation and the natural ...
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2014 Steamboat Marathon results 2.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Arnaud Du Pasquier, Boulder CO, 21, 37:06 Justin Liddle, 36, 37:51 Brad Poppele, Colorado Springs CO, 43, 38:48 Evan Weinman, Steamboat Springs CO, 18, 39:10 Spencer Lacy, Boulder CO, 22, 39:29 Rich Dissly, Boulder CO, 48, 40:02 Simon Zink, Steamboat Springs CO, 15, 41:16 Gaspard Cuenot, Boulder CO, 22, 41:28 Patrick Barrett, Colorado Springs CO, 39, 41:49 Michael Lovato, Boulder CO, 40, 41:59 Tyler Terranova, Steamboat Springs CO, 15, 43:21 Wyatt Gebhardt, Steamboat Springs CO, 14, 44:31 Ben Kelley, Oak Creek CO, 14, 45:08 Dusty Atkinson, Steamboat Springs CO, 27, 45:55 Daniel Horton, Denver CO, 34, 46:09 Jerry Greenwald, Denver CO, 46, 46:16 Robert Rauch, Oak Creek CO, 51, 46:43 Jack Shore, Fort Collins CO, 14, 46:46 Lewis Hoffman, Denver CO, 31, 46:49 Ken Rogers, Oak Creek CO, 60, 47:01 Lars Hannah, Steamboat Springs CO, 17, 47:39 Matt McLaughlin, Denver CO, 42, 47:56 Patrick Janin, Steamboat Springs CO, 46, 48:54 Christopher Bennett, Denver CO, 47, 48:59 Michael Shobe, Fort Collins CO, 27, ...
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Remediation of Utah oil spill continues in Grand County 29.5.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
It likely will take crews another week to finish scraping oil-contaminated dirt and rocks from Salt Wash, a dry streambed on public land 12 miles south of Green River that was filled with thousands of barrels of an oil-water mix when an oil well failed last week. Heavy rainfall Friday night breached the emergency dams erected to contain the oil, and a small amount flowed into the Green River, said an on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Curtis Kimbel, from the EPA’s Regi...
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Blowout was firm’s second spill from old well near Green River 24.5.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Cleanup crews on Friday remained at the scene of an oil well failure that sent chemical-laden fluid three miles down a Grand County wash before it was stopped a mile short of the Green River, just upstream from Labyrinth Canyon. For more than 30 hours Wednesday and Thursday, the well operated by S.W. Energy Corp. release thousands of gallons of water mixed with hydrocarbons as the operator frantically tried to stem the flow and contain the damage with the help of contractors and state and federa...
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Oil leak near Green River contained 23.5.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
An oil leak from a well near the town of Green River in southeast Utah was contained Thursday afternoon, the Bureau of Land Management said. The agency said it was informed Wednesday morning by SW Energy and the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining of the leaking oil well in the Salt Wash field south of Interstate 70, approximately 12 miles southeast of Green River, on BLM land. Beth Ransel, BLM field manager in Moab, said the agency was still assessing how much oil leaked. SW Energy contracted ...
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Prep golf: Spanish Fork, Milford, Green River claim state titles 15.5.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Spanish Fork claimed the Class 4A girls’ golf championship Wednesday at Provo’s East Bay course while Ogden’s Xena Motes captured medalist honors. The Dons were led by Sabrina Naala, who finished third behind Motes and Roy’s Hailey Case. Spanish Fork defeated second-place Roy 278 points to 261 in the team competition. Logan finished third. The Class 1A girls’ and boys’ golf titles were held Wednesday at the Southgate course in St. George, where Green River claimed the boys’ crown and Milford cap...
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River Basin Roundtable approves funding increase for implementation plan 14.5.2014 Steamboat Pilot
An ongoing project may need help keeping its head above water. The Wednesday meeting of the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable brought in government and industry representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties to Craig’s American Legion Post 62 to discuss, among other things, the Basin Implementation Plan for the region. — For more information on how to obtain a seat on the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable, contact Ren Martyn at 970-846-3118 or rm@frpwetlandbank.com . Consultant Jim Pearce and Dan Birch, deputy general manager for Colorado River Water Conservation District, led the forum with updates on the latest portion of the BIP, primarily focusing on the uses of the water supply of Northwest Colorado from an energy standpoint. The brief report touched on the amount of water used historically for oil shale, gas and coal companies in the region and how this could change in the years to come. The numbers, which are not yet definite, are only part of the much larger BIP, which ...
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Report looks at the help of the Upper Yampa Watershed 13.5.2014 Steamboat Pilot
What: Upper Yampa River Watershed Group presents 2014 Report to Routt County commissioners When: 1 p.m., Tuesday Where: Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs Later this week What: Yampa, White Green River Basin Roundtable meets When: 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday Where: In Craig at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, 1055 Moffat County Road 7, .9 miles north of Craig Holiday Inn The Routt County commissioners will get a first look Tuesday at the 2014 Upper Yampa River Watershed Report that takes into account the water quality, biodiversity and riparian zones along not just the river itself but its tributaries, large and small. The report was prepared with input from the local agricultural, recreation, fisheries, water management, industrial and government sectors. Jackie Brown, district manager of the Routt County Conservation District, said the release of the report is just a beginning, and the hope is that it will continue to include contributions from the broader public. “We’ll have a ...
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Letter: Utah’s idea of stewardship is horrible 6.5.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah’s federal and state lawmakers view public lands as a cornucopia of natural resources and drool over the prospects of new mines, oil and gas wells, nuclear power plants, oil shale extraction, refineries and any development that only benefits big business, and themselves, as they rake in donations, rarely creates large numbers of permanent jobs and leaves a wake of environmental degradation as a lasting legacy. The refinery that will apparently be built near Green River will be the first new ...
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Utah wildlife officials: Want to shoot (and eat) crow? 29.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Nobody likes to eat crow, but Utah wildlife officials believe people would like to hunt the distinctive black birds. A proposal to open the state’s first crow-hunting season, likely this fall, will be presented at a series of public meetings leading up to a final decision by the Utah Wildlife Board. “Most other Western states have a crow season. We are making this proposal to create a new opportunity for Utah hunters and to help control a growing population,” said Blair Stringham, migratory game...
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Mapmaker left his mark 26.4.2014 Durango Herald
Most people in Dolores have heard of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition, the Spanish explorers who came through the area in 1776 and named the Dolores River.But few know about Bernardo Miera y Pacheco, a famous artist and mapmaker who accompanied the Spanish priests on their quest to find a route from the missions of Sante Fe to...
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Sierra Club calls areas of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming a 'climate disrupter' region 20.4.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
The Sierra Club has branded a geological formation that includes portions of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming as one of six "climate disrupter" regions in the country due to its potential for major fossil fuel ...
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Houseboaters vs. river runners 11.4.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Two writers debate the cultural differences of fast-water paddlers and still-water luxury boaters.
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Upper Colorado Basin ranked 2nd among 10 most endangered rivers in the nation 10.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
American Rivers, the national conservation organization, ranked the upper Colorado River Basin — and by implication the Yampa River with it — among its 10 most endangered rivers in the country Wednesday. The Colorado was named the most endangered river in the U.S. in 2013, but the deepening drought in California has supplanted it and the San Joaquin River, which feeds a key agricultural region and now runs dry in some segments, is at the top of the list in 2014. A nearby tributary of the Colorado, the White River, is number seven on the list because of the amount of energy exploration taking place along its length, American Rivers’ Director of the Colorado River Basin Program Matt Rice said Wednesday. The threat of future trans-mountain diversion that would export water from the upper Colorado to the state’s Front Range is the reason the basin ranks high among the top 10 again in 2014. However, Rice said, it’s also the process already underway to establish a new water plan for Colorado that is putting ...
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